The 2022 USFL playoff picture is complete as we enter Week 10 of the regular season. Though there’s not as much drama in the final week of this inaugural spring league, there’s more than enough room for bettors to make an impact. We have you covered as always.
Our knowledge of these rosters, coaching staffs, and the league itself has allowed us to prosper thus far. Join us again for our continued USFL coverage. See our Week 10 preview and best bets for our top two games of the week.
Philadelphia Stars vs. New Jersey Generals
Saturday, June 18, 2022 – 12:00 PM EDT at Legion Field
Philadelphia Stars Analysis
After seeing the Philadelphia Stars emerge as the hottest team in the USFL over two weeks, everything came crashing down in Week 9. As Case Cookus was knocked out of the game against Pittsburgh after a dreadful start, former Stanford Cardinal quarterback K.J. Costello took over.
We thought the move may have been due to injury, but head coach Bart Andrus seemingly made the move due to poor play. That sort of short-sightedness almost cost the Stars a game against the awful Pittsburgh Maulers. Right as we were buying stock in the Stars' title hopes, they have no chance to win it all unless Cookus is cooking.
What likely influenced Andrus's decision-making was the fact that the Stars didn't need to win in Week 9 or 10. They still pulled out a win even if they failed to cover. That won't happen again in Week 10 against New Jersey unless the Generals completely take their foot off the gas.
New Jersey Generals
The New Jersey Generals are also coming off a slouchy performance against a bad team. Michigan would have won if not for a late touchdown pass from Luis Perez to Darrius Shepherd.
DeAndre Johnson has struggled with accuracy since injuring his leg a few weeks ago, and Perez is a steadying presence even if he lacks the dynamic rushing ability.
The Generals should rest Johnson this week since he's their biggest wild card talent on the team. They're good with Perez and can win the USFL title. But they're great with Johnson, and would be our pick to win the championship if he can return to his previous level of play.
Stars vs. Generals: Betting Pick for Week 10
Following the USFL odds, look for the Generals to be fine-tuning their play this week.
That means they'll be more motivated to finish strong than the Stars, who have little to compete for.
USFL Pick: New Jersey Generals -2.5 (-110) at BetOnline
Birmingham Stallions vs. Tampa Bay Bandits
Saturday, June 18, 2022 - 04:00 PM EDT at Legion Field
Birmingham Stallions Analysis
Oh, the Birmingham Stallions. To lose to the Houston Gamblers of all teams after this wild ride of wins is quite disappointing. Granted, their 17-15 loss meant nothing in terms of their season, but we predicted a Houston cover and possible win last week as the Stallions have seen their play degrade significantly over the last month.
The Stallions weren't awful, but their offense couldn't convert on their opportunities. Houston's defense smothered their run game to just 78 yards on 24 carries. But the Stallions were able to yield a solid game from quarterback J'Mar Smith despite his one interception.
Chalk this one up to being slightly unlucky and sloppy, or it's a sign of bigger issues for Birmingham. The Stallions may need to cut down on their dedication to the run game on early downs in order to give Smith more advantageous situations on drives. Their offensive line is simply not doing well enough to be a run-first offense.
Tampa Bay Bandits Analysis
Tampa Bay Bandits had an interesting roster heading into the year thanks to quarterback Jordan Ta'amu and an intriguing set of receivers. But Todd Haley never figured out the magic to his offensive potential, and Ta'amu flailed more often than thrived.
It's a shame since the Bandits' defense ranked fourth with only 18.9 allowed points per game.
Stallions vs. Bandits: Betting Pick for Week 10
I don't like the points here at 3.5 for our betting picks, so we'll trade the points for the moneyline and certainly take the Under for these struggling offenses.
Their first matchup with Tampa Bay came down to the wire with a 16-10 finish. We'd expect the same this game.
Neither offense is playing well or has balance, so this comes down to turnovers and execution.
USFL Pick: Birmingham Stallions ML (-150) at BetOnline
USFL Pick: Under 41.5 (-110) at BetOnline
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